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The Very Reverend Gary Hall, Dean Of Washington National Cathedral

Last October, the Very Reverend Gary Hall became the 10th dean of Washington National Cathedral. Having led Episcopal dioceses in Massachusetts, California and Michigan before coming to D.C., Hall demonstrated early on that he's willing to make waves. He is an outspoken advocate for gun control and announced that same-sex marriages will be held at the cathedral. Kojo talks with Hall about his reputation as a fixer and his plans for the nation's landmark church.

Photos: Updated Look At National Cathedral Earthquake Repairs

Renovation efforts continue at Washington National Cathedral, and are expected to continue for years to come, after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the East Coast in August 2011 and damaged the landmark. Officials estimate initial repairs will cost $15 million and take at least 10 years to complete. Some decorative elements will be re-carved, some will be replaced, and all will be strengthened for long term preservation. The base of the cathedral oscillated slightly during the 40-second quake, and protective netting now engulfs the main level’s ceiling. But the bulk of damage affected the 300-foot bell tower, situated at the center of the church and also the highest point in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about the earthquake repairs, find answers to frequently asked questions and contribute to the restoration fund.

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In Tom Wolfe's 'Kingdom,' Speech Is The One Weird Trick

In Tom Wolfe's first book of nonfiction in 16 years, he argues that the development of speech, not evolution, has made humans what we are today — evolution, he says, applies only to animals.
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After Italy Quakes, Food World Delivers Support To Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

Amatrice was set to host the 50th celebration of pasta all'Amatriciana famously made there, but this week's earthquake devastated the town. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with food blogger Jeremy Cherfas.
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In A Change Of Tone, Trump Reaches Out To Black And Hispanic Voters

In an effort to reach out to minority voters, Trump met with a group of Black and Hispanic leaders on Thursday. Scott Simon speaks with Pastor Mark Burns, who's supported Trump since the primaries.
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Want To Play Video Games Made In D.C.? Here's Your Chance.

An event called District Arcade brings together 23 locally made video games.

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